Saturday, December 01, 2012

Columns of Vengeance

There are many, many books out there that deal with the 1862 Sioux uprising in Minnesota, but few authors have been interested in carrying the conflict out on to the Dakota plains, where it spread to tribes that had no involvement with the initial attacks. The last really substantive book addressing the topic was Micheal Clodfelter's The Dakota War: The United States Army Versus the Sioux, 1862-1865 (McFarland, 1998), but, in the spring of next year, University of Oklahoma Press will publish Columns of Vengeance: Soldiers, Sioux, and the Punitive Expeditions, 1863-1864 by Paul N. Beck. I'm looking forward to it, not least because it promises to link "the Punitive Expeditions of 1863 and 1864 to the overall Civil War experience".

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